Silverthorne kicks off comprehensive plan update
The town of Silverthorne is updating its comprehensive plan and will kick off the project with a series of community outreach events, primarily to receive input from stakeholders in the community.
“This comprehensive plan update will determine the future look and feel of Silverthorne’s commercial areas,” said town manager Ryan Hyland in a news release. “We’ve discussed general concepts for these areas in the past, but this effort will get into more detail on the style and types of development that we should pursue, so it’s critical that we receive as much community feedback as possible.
“This effort will set the development course for Silverthorne for many years to come.”
The Silverthorne Comprehensive Plan was originally written in 1993 to meet Colorado Revised State Statutes that require communities to “make and adopt a master plan for the physical development of the municipality,” the release stated. It is the town’s principal guiding policy document. Although it isn’t binding, it articulates the community’s values and vision for the future. It is the foundation upon which decisions are made.
Since 1993, the plan has gone through several revisions to make changes to zoning designations, streamline the plan into a single document, incorporate citizen input more extensively, and to create design districts. The 2008 update was focused on revising the Three-Mile Area Plan to include recent annexations, add an appendix for economics, and refine the boundaries of the design districts.
The focus of the 2014 update is on the commercial areas of Silverthorne, particularly what the gateway and downtown areas might look like and the desired type of development in those districts, according to the release.
The town has undergone several important planning efforts in the last few years, as a response to the changing economy and new community goals. These include the 2013 Urban Renewal Plan, community surveys completed in 2007 and 2011, the 2011 downtown assessment and the 2012 community profile. Each of the above components feeds directly into the comprehensive plan update.
The town of Silverthorne’s Planning Commission oversees the comprehensive plan and, along with a Steering Committee, will help guide the update process to ensure that it aligns with other town objectives, the release stated.
Community members can stay involved and give input in several ways, including through the town’s community engagement website. Visit http://www.engagesilverthorne.com to register.
Silverthorne officials also have scheduled several community events, including:
• A public open house from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 3 at the Silverthorne Pavilion. This informal event will kick off the project, providing residents with the opportunity to brush up on current policies and provide input about changes in the commercial core.
• Planning chats scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 5 at Red Buffalo Coffee, 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 and Tuesday, March 11 at the Silverthorne Recreation Center, and after the noon Spanish mass on Sunday, March 9 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. Translators will be available.
• An interactive community workshop titled “Explore Silverthorne’s Future” takes place March 31 at the Silverthorne Pavilion; time to be determined.
For more information, call the town of Silverthorne at 262-7300 or visit http://www.silverthorne.org.
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